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Weekly Picks: Malaysia (21–27 Jan 2019)

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Improvised music night, at RAW Art Space, 22 Jan, 8:30pm

A night of improvised music with performers from Germany, Japan, Denmark and Malaysia. Music merchandise will also be available for purchase. Admission by suggested donation RM20 (students RM15).

More info here.

 

In/Out, at klpac, 24–27 Jan

What is it like to be included, and excluded, just for being the person you are? This new devised physical theatre piece is about longing, acceptance, and a girl who experiences the world in a unique way. There will be post-show talks after each performance about neurodiversity and autism. Admission is RM60 each (RM50 concessions).

More info here.

 

WOMEN . 我們, at NOW Theatre, 25–27 Jan

An experimental dance production that combines 45 mins full length contemporary dance with two shorter choreographed works, and installation art. The title, WOMEN, is a play on the romanisation of ‘我們’, which translates into ‘us’. The theme of the production explores ‘women’ as its subject. Tickets are RM40 each.

More info here.

 

Spice World — Stripped, at Alexis Bistro Ampang, 25–26 Jan, 10pm

The Von Torappu Trio, VTT, specialises in a wide range of acoustic covers and Japanese music. The band is made up of Yvonne (Calico, Q Sound), Sharon (Rainbow Children, Medusa & The Empress) and Melina William (Tempered Mental). This particular set features creative acoustic covers of Spice Girls tunes, with beautiful harmonies and minimal yet lush interpretations. Guest musician Ashley Choong (Crinkle Cut) will be joining them. Dress code applies. Music charge RM10++ per pax.

More info here.

 

Dancing in Place, at Rimbun Dahan, 26–27 Jan, 3:30pm–6pm

This popular site-specific dancing series returns to the beautiful space that is Rimbun Dahan this weekend. This edition features the usual short dance performances by local dance artists, and introduces a new programme of collaborative works by Southeast Asian choreographers. Be dressed for outdoor conditions (mosquito repellant, sensible shoes, maybe an umbrella). Rimbun Dahan is a farther drive than usual for most, so plan your schedule ahead. Admission is free.

More info here.

 

Western Opera and the Formation of Imperial Culture in SEA, at Malaysia Design Archive, 26 Jan, 10:30am–12:30pm

A lecture presented by Akiko Sugiyama, senior lecturer in the Dept of History in UM. The talk focuses on two maritime journeys of Western operatic groups in the late 1830s (from South America to Macau, and Calcutta to Batavia) to illuminate the onset of operatic globalisation of the nineteenth century in Southeast Asia.

More info here.

 

ATAS Big Jan Show, at Bentley Music Auditorium, 26 Jan

A one-day music festival claiming to make you  fall in love with local music again, this event features ten music acts that have recently released an album or EP. My highlight amongst the bands will be The Venopian Solitude. Admission is RM50 each.

More info here.

10,000 Mosquito Hearts: A Solo Exhibition by Foo May Lyn, at OUR ArtProjects, 26 Jan – 17 Feb

Artist Foo May Lyn’s first solo show in Kuala Lumpur is a visual exhibition that retells the popular legend of Puteri Gunung Ledang as a contemporary epic. It features over 140 intricate drawings, as well as textiles and soft sculptures. The Puteri is said to have demanded outrageous dowries from the Sultan who wanted her hand in marriage. Did she? Who were the ordinary labourers who had to meet these demands for the Sultan? The exhibition is curated by fellow artist Sharon Chin.

Exhibition opening 26 Jan (Sat), 7–9pm, and open to public. More info here.

 

Gong Xi RIUH, at The Gasket Alley, 26–27 Jan, 11am–9pm

This monthly government-sponsored event tends to attract a young urban crowd: this month, it’s a Chinese New Year team, with a communal yee sang, personalised calligraphy art, traditional chinese mask performance, lion dances and more. There will also be performances, workshops, booths and a whole host of other things going on.

FB event page here. Instagram has more updates (including schedules of Stage 1 and Stage 2)

 

Pesta Kechill Rantai, at Laman Budaya, 27 Jan, 12–7pm

A small, chill festival in Shah Alam. There will be music and poetry performances all day, along with a market, and live graffiti to see. If you’re looking for something casual on a lazy Sunday, consider spending some time here. Admission is free.

More info here.


For events in Penang this week, go to penang free sheet logo link.

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